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Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.

As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.

Our current global activity

Agrifood Africa Connect

AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.

KTN Global Alliance Africa

KTN Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

European Programmes

KTN helps UK companies engage with European funding programmes and help them create collaborations.

Global Alliance Innovation Exchange

Global Alliance Innovation Exchange is an Innovate UK KTN programme specially designed to help UK and international organisations search for game-changing solutions to innovation challenges. Through the programme, we support innovation transfer by matching industry or societal challenges to innovative companies from across a diverse range of sectors. Our success is built on our deep sector expertise, trusted independence and global network.

Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Funding Opportunities

Horizon Europe Space Calls closing February 2022

Up to €80m total funding available from Horizon Europe for a variety of space-related open calls.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 16/02/2022

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Cabinet Office Border Innovation Hub: Ecosystem of Trust Pilot

Through this pilot, border agencies will work with industry to create a broad, end-to-end pilot, to definitively test whether new capabilities across supply chain security and technology, providing greater assurance of goods crossing the border, can unlock world-leading Trusted Trader schemes and develop further simplified customs declaration processes that are able to facilitate greater trade without jeopardising security.

Opens: 06/12/2021 Closes: 31/01/2022

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UK-Singapore Collaborative R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for up to £350k per project for the purpose of developing proposals with Singapore. Applications in advanced manufacturing and materials, agrifood tech, mobility and transport, cybersecurity and health and life sciences particularly welcome.

Opens: 24/01/2022 Closes: 20/04/2022

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Events

Tue
16
Mar
2021

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2021

09.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Wed
30
Mar
2022

Digital Business Meetup - International Opportunities and Collaborations

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Tue
26
Oct
2021

Made Smarter Innovation: UK to Global Technology Strategy

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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News

08.12.2021

New KTN Global Alliance Innovation Exchange Challenges for Africa - now open!

KTN Global Alliance Africa is supporting companies to find innovative solutions to AgriFood challenges in Kenya and Circular Economy challenges in South Africa. Challenges include agricultural pest control, plastic reuse and refill, and electronic waste recycling. Apply by 28th January 2022.

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04.01.2022

KTN Global Alliance Africa to Tackle Poverty, Unemployment, and Inclusive Economic Growth in South Africa Through Innovation

Fredell Jacobs, Country Lead, shares his thoughts on the project which has recently launched in Gauteng, South Africa.

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Programmes related to Global Alliance

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Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Learn More

KTN Global Alliance Africa

KTN Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Learn More

Agrifood Africa Connect

AgriFood Africa Connect brings innovative people and organisations across the UK and Africa together to address key AgriFood challenges in Africa. We build diverse connections across the UK and Africa to drive positive change that aligns with the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance goals.

Learn More